How is your organization supporting parents with childcare needs?

  • Check out i4cp's curated list of educational/home teaching resources for parents of kids from pre-school to college here :USEFUL COVID-19 RESPONSE RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

  • Around the world the expectations on people are different and the best we're able to do at this point is to allow as much flexibility and understanding as possible. Depending on local law, also allow for additional time off. For example, in the US we've provided extra "sick" days which can be used for childcare as well. I'm curious to hear how we can do better by learning from others in this community.

  • On today's Diversity & Inclusion Flash call, @Sheryl Battles, of Pitney Bowes explained their protocol for breaking down looking at support for children into three age groups:

    • Kindergarden
    • 1st to 8th grade
    • 9th grade to college

    Noting that there is a tendency for the lines to blur when an office is moved into the home, Pitney Bowes sought to provide resources to working parents to mitigate some of the stress and pressure.

    For Kindergarten and younger, children are thrilled to have the parents there; the recommendation was to provide activities and schedules for children to engage in while parents are on calls that need quiet time.

    For 1st through 8th grade, children are engaged in learning that can be self-directed, but does require peer interaction; parents should be prepared to plan interaction around the work schedule.

    For high school through college, Pitney Bowes points out that this age group likely needs support from working parents in the form of reminders that the home is the new classroom.

  • While many organizations are still adapting to how to respond to this need, there is a consistency in messaging across the board that understanding and compassion be the foundation for communication.

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